One of my personal goals in life is the elimination of personal stress and anger. I had a touch of an anger management issue when I was a kid and it caused a lot of unnecessary stress for me and the people around me. I feel like anger and resentment drain the life out of you. I decided a long time ago that I would not be an angry person, and so I don't tend to let angry or negative people into my life. Right now my life is a bit outside of it's natural state in the stress department, but I am a big believer in keeping that to a minimum. I meditate, though not as often as I should, and I love it. I get in nature, that is my sanctuary. My plans to hike Mt. Hood this summer were waylaid by an untimely soccer injury, but I'll get it in the spring.
The most important thing for me is to enjoy life as much as possible, it's short and there's little point to wasting our time on things that won't bring us happiness in the end. I was in a field that was draining my energy, and so I'm changing that right now by going back to school to become a nurse.
Sweet mother...I'm rambling like a freak. I'll stop now.
I think I am talented when it comes to finding ways to enjoy the little things in life. Right now I have to put off many of the big pleasures and to keep myself steady I have to be able to find those tiny points of light in the world that uplift you and give you that energy you need to keep on keeping on.
Other things I am good at include Ping Pong, Driving without a destination, having a discussion on just about any possible topic, hiking, meandering, talking to myself, and cooking pork ribs.
--Vonnegut-specifically Player Piano and A Man Without a Country
--Chuck Palahniuk, though I haven't read any of his books since Haunted
--Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
--His Dark Materials series
--A Brave New World
--The Giving Tree
--The Pearl (Really anything Steinbeck)
--Where the Sidewalk Ends
--Scientific Progress Goes Bonk!! (Calvin and Hobbes book)
Being a theatre kid there are simply too many movies for me to list. I have literally spent a 24 hour drive to LA doing nothing but compiling a list of the 100 best movies and debating which was the #1 film in history.
If forced to name the majors:
--An American President
--Hunt for Red October
--Wag the Dog
--The West Wing
--Wonders of the Universe
--Eureka (Guilty pleasure)
--Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
--Star Trek: TNG
--3-2-1 Contact (my childhood comes flooding back to MathNet)
--The Head and the Heart
--They Might Be Giants
--Anything performed by YoYo Ma
--The Swell Season
--Cat Stevens (Or Yusef Islam if you prefer)
--Mumford and Sons
2) Childlike wonder
3) My friends, who are more appropriately my family
4) My own personal Hitchhikers Guide (smartphone, seriously though we made the damn guide, that's pretty sweet)
5) Music--all the time
6) My dog Nemo--he's my boy.
That fact occupies a large amount of my brains time.
You love to learn/try new things, anything, anytime.
You want to travel--and have absolute plans to do so.
**You Do Not want kids** I'm sorry, I love other people's kids but I have many reasons for not wanting my own. If kids are a must for you, you may as well move on, and best of luck to you.